Wan­der­ers not get­ting the rub of the green

Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

‘IT JUST seems to be, ev­ery time a green and white jer­sey-maybe I’m get­ting para­noid-and peo­ple will say “he’s off again on one” but it’s not. Study them. Have a look at them. It doesn’t take rocket sci­ence to see some of the de­ci­sions that are go­ing against us are wrong de­ci­sions.’

This was the state­ment that caused the pan­el­lists on Mon­day Night Soc­cer to dis­miss Ed­die Gorm­ley’s post-match com­ments af­ter Bray Wan­der­ers 1-0 de­feat to Finn Harps as a con­spir­acy the­ory, but cast your mind back over the sea­son and al­though it is highly un­likely the FAI have a hid­den agenda against the Co. Wick­low side, the in­cor­rect de­ci­sions given against the Seag­ulls cer­tainly out­weigh the in­cor­rect de­ci­sions given for Bray Wan­der­ers.

Cast your mind back to the night of April 11, and Gorm­ley’s side were tak­ing on cham­pi­ons elect Bo­hemi­ans. An early Alan Caw­ley penalty was can­celled out by a penalty given for a ‘foul’ by Gary Cronin, and the Dublin­ers had an un­de­served point while Bray were left won­der­ing how they didn’t get three.

A week be­fore that Bray host strug­glers Harps and were on the back of as num­ber of bad re­sults. Paddy Ka­vanagh’s op­por­tunis­tic strike early in the sec­ond half gave his side a vi­tal lead, be­fore a bad ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion gave Harps a 12-yard spot-kick. For­tu­nately for Bray, Chris O’Con­nor saved the penalty.

Then just last Fri­day, Mark Dug­gan was pe­nal­ized for his ac­tions in the box, al­though it was as they say six of one and half a dozen of the other. Also the ques­tion must be asked was the ball ac­tu­ally within play­ing dis­tance when the foul was given.

Peo­ple say th­ese things even them­selves out over the sea­son how­ever so you also have to look at the other side of things and Derek Fo­ran’s su­perb ‘save’ against Drogheda on May 9 im­me­di­ately springs to mind, with the ref­eree and his as­sis­tants all some­how miss­ing the in­ci­dent which would have left Drogs with a nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage and a penalty, which surely would’ve given them the three points.

It could also be ar­gued that Bray had the rub of the green in Cobh July 26 when that far­ci­cal penalty de­ci­sion was given against Bray be­fore the of­fi­cials re­al­ized their hor­ren­dous er­ror and gave Bray the free-kick, but that would be clutch­ing at straws.

So hav­ing looked back over the events of the sea­son so far, per­haps some MNS pan­el­lists may owe a cer­tain Ed­die Gorm­ley an apol­ogy.

Back to last Fri­day’s night match, and the match win­ner summed up the hec­tic fi­nal pe­riod of the game very well.

‘Last ten min­utes any­thing could’ve hap­pened be­cause they were down to ten men and they’d noth­ing to lose whereas, it was prob­a­bly more im­por­tant for us to win than them.’

And his gaffer, al­though clearly de­lighted with the win, kept his mind firmly fo­cussed on get­ting the points they needed to se­cure their Premier Divi­sion sta­tus.

‘We need at least an­other two wins I think. I think we need to hit that 30-point mark and hope that other teams don’t pick up points along the way as well.’

That 30 point mark is ag­o­niz­ingly close for Bray, who just need a draw to reach it and they still have to play both Gal­way and Cobh later in the sea­son. The point may come this week when they face trips to Bo­hemi­ans (Fri­day, live on RTE2) and Sham­rock Rovers (Tues­day), but it won’t be easy.

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